She Kicks She Throws Women & Girls in the Martial Arts

Dear Advanced Students: Knock it off!

Dearest advanced martial arts students, We need to have a quick chat. Perhaps you, like myself, have attended a beginner class and acted as either an assistant instructor or a more experienced partner for a new student.  It’s great fun!...

New Tumblr Theme

On New Year’s Day, I finished a new Tumblr theme. I’m pretty jazzed about it. I think it’s going to be way easier to use. Here are a couple of new features: Tag cloud – skim most-used tags easily Better search...

The Kind of Girl Who Throws a Punch

Up until a year ago, my Hapkido training didn’t really include any stricking or blocking. We did punch defenses and deflections (still my fav techniques) but we didn’t spend class time learning to throw a proper punch – hook, jab,...

Top 10 Posts of 2015

We’re coming around to the first full year of She Kicks She Throws (the blag)! It continues to be a rewarding, evolving thing, and I’m going ever further down a rabbit hole of research, writing, and community. Here are the...

Be Critical of Your Self Defense Advice

Content Note: Discussion of sexual assault, victim-blaming, violence – images too Women worldwide face sexual assault and sexual harassment on a daily basis. And while it is primary and paramount that efforts for sexual assault prevention start at the source...

Women of the Kodokan

Founded in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, the Kodokan is the home of Judo. Despite Kano’s progressive views of women and his philosophy that judo is for everyone, the Kodokan had some sexist foundations. Kano taught women judo from the very...

Who I’m Writing For

I interrupt our (ir)regularly scheduled programming of martial arts content for a brief (not brief) note concerning my blogging philosophy. As a writer, it’s always important for me to define, at least for myself, why I’m writing. Why I’m writing...

Advanced Training

My instructor recently announced that the advanced Hapkido class I attend, originally for middle-high rank and above, would be black-belt only. No one is getting kicked out, of course. 🙂 The only colored belts in our 11-person class are just one...

Becoming Smoother: Second Dan Essay

I tested for my second degree black belt in Heukchookwan Hapkido on October 11, 2015 and presented this essay and illustration. The metaphor is not an original one, but I felt a personal, and maybe unique, connection to it because...